2021 was full of monumental events – and with most of 2022 still ahead of us, let’s hope for a less historical year and that the pandemic will become an endemic.
However, this is the perfect moment to discuss what kind of world we want and what actions are needed towards a more sustainable, fairer, and healthier society. Therefore, I am writing to highlight crucial thought leadership going on this week: The Prince Mahidol Award Conference (PMAC 2022), which you still can attend.
PMAC, hosted in Bangkok, has the unique opportunity to take on the challenge and make important contributions with a strong emphasis on policy and private sector accountability and initiatives at all levels; global, regional, national and community levels.
The theme of PMAC 2022 is “The World We Want: Actions Towards a Sustainable, Fairer and Healthier Society” aims to take a long view by focusing on the ‘megatrends’ that will shape the rest of this century and the complex interplay between them, including how they are already reshaping our lives, communities and global health landscape. They are shaping our future and the future of generations to come. PMAC 2022 will also consider how the experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic are impacting the geopolitics of global health, population dynamics, and technological change, as well as how these experiences are also interlinked with the climate crisis.
I am especially keen to invite you to the high-level session January 27th on how to address the converging crises of climate, environment, and health. The session is coordinated by SIGHT, together with World Health Organization (WHO), US Agency for International Development (USAID), FHI 360, BMJ, and the World Bank.
The high-level session, coordinated by SIGHT, “Scaling up Efforts to Address Climate Crisis and Building Forward Greener”, is moderated by The Lancet Editor-in-Chief Richard Horton, hosting a group of experts and decision-makers for high-level, stimulating discussions and identifying action points promoting positive environment-, biodiversity-, climate, and health outcomes.
Wishing you a good start of 2022!, Peter Friberg, SIGHT Director